This article really resonated with me. The internet is HUGE, and I've found that it's almost a guarantee that someone is going to "beat you to the punch" on a regular basis. And sometimes it's easy to let that discourage you. But just because something has been done by another doesn't make it not worth doing yourself. The truth is — and I really believe this — there's room for everyone to share what they make. And you know, if it overlaps a bit with someone else's project/app/article/art, don't sweat it. Take it as a sign that people care about what you're doing.
Quit worrying about what everyone else is doing. Focus on how you’re helping people.
Thanks for sharing Justin!
+1 to all that.
IMO an idea is only as good as it's execution. We've seen countless startups come and go, but the ones that stick around are the ones that execute the basics behind the idea really well, and expand on it from there.
I think it's also important to realize that just because somebody is already doing what you're doing, doesn't mean you can't just do it better. See Google & Altavista, Periscope & Meerkat, and countless other examples…
After seeing the zillionth photo editing app featured in the app store, it does seem like a lot of people are already following this advice.
I needed this. Thanks dude!
Great post! .....even though I do feel a little ironic providing feedback on it :)
i couldn't disagree more. the real problem is the negative mindset. it's absolutely essential to keep tabs on what others are doing. routine competitive analysis can absolutely help you or your product improve. the goal is to be inspired by others, not jealous of them.
Sorry to hear that.
Yup. Change what's within your reach. By all means steal good ideas when they add to yours, but "focus on your own shit" is great advice.
Anecdote; I'm currently gearing up to break through in a soon-to-be over-saturated market with a Twitch channel I'm launching. I've seen a ton of people do some of the things I thought of doing too. To the point that I felt discouraged because I wouldn't be original, and postponed work on my broadcasts.
But it shouldn't matter. I'm going to do some other stuff that will set me apart. And I'm combining all of those other gimmicks into one coherent, structured (... I can dream right?) production. I didn't realize that until, after two 10 hour long test broadcasts, people started reaching out to me asking when my next stream would be.
There's always room for more awesome products. Focus on the quality of your offerings, and you shall reap the rewards.
Sounds pretty interesting Dirk, what kind of broadcast is it? You got me curious.
A combination of playing video games (from closed betas of new games to old-school 8bit games and everything in between) and any creative stuff I can think of (from pen & ink to wacom, from web-design to coding).
All of it with a focus on crowd participation and having a ton of fun, silly interruptions.
Sounds fun, post it up when you launch. Good luck.
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As a whole, this is super-great advice. BUT, like Jim is alluding to in the comments - there is a fine line of being inspired/motivated by others and being intimidated/frustrated by them.
Personally, I think it's great to see other crushing it... and use it as a way to keep me going and to push myself more. There isn't ever a time though where I feel angered or stressed by it.
I think a lot of this depends on where YOU may be at a particular point in your life or career.